René Redzepi is not just at the forefront of gastronomy but has also been at the forefront of ideas on how to improve the wellbeing of his staff at noma.
Together with his general manager, they have discussed a way to grant staff members a three month paid leave after they’ve spent a certain amount of years with them.
In announcing this, he has also announced through an Instagram post that while they are figuring out how to implement the scheme within their organisation, he has decided to test this approach after working almost 18 years on the Noma project.
“I am writing this to let future guests know that for the next three months, I will not be at noma or in Denmark. I will be with Nadine and our three children somewhere in the world, not working,”
He ensured clients that they will still be in the best hands. “Just before I left, we finished a new seafood menu that I personally think is the best one yet.”
Redzepi said that the idea came over a coffee with the general manager of Noma Annika de Las Heras on how to improve the quality of life of staff members. “We work hard, we want to be among the best and getting to that mountain top is so much easier (and more fun) if we’re also among the best at taking care of ourselves. We though it was the best idea in the world. It is simple, take an extended period off and do nothing and get paid for it,” he said.